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Goodwill Industries allegedly failed to give janitor disability accommodations

By Marian Johns | Apr 3, 2019

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Goodwill Industries of New York and New Jersey, alleging the organization failed to give an employee working as a janitor disability accommodations.

HELP USA settles EEOC lawsuit alleging sexual harassment of female workers

By Marian Johns | Apr 3, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — Housing provider Help USA Inc., has agreed to settle claims by the federal government that it allowed a supervisor to sexually harass female employees.

U.S. reaches $231M deal with German medical products business over bribery scheme

By Marian Johns | Apr 2, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — A German medical products and service provider has reached a $231 million settlement with the federal government for its part in operating a "corrupt scheme" to gain business in several foreign countries.

Kamala Harris, other Dems condemn Big Oil's lobbying but support lawsuits brought by campaign donors

By John O'Brien | Apr 1, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Democratic U.S. Senators are complaining that Big Oil’s lobbying efforts have stifled climate change measures and are supporting lawsuits against it – but they have also accepted more than $30,000 in donations from the private lawyers who would benefit financially.

EPA accused of not issuing regulations mandated by Congress nearly 30 years ago

By Marian Johns | Mar 29, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — The Environmental Justice Health Alliance For Chemical Policy Reform (EJHA) has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the federal government agency's alleged failure to issue regulations mandated by Congress nearly 30 years ago.

When it comes to Roundup and cancer, everybody's lobbying the regulators

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 28, 2019

The federal jury that this week ordered Monsanto to pay $80 million for allegedly causing a man’s cancer likely was swayed by internal documents suggesting the unit of Bayer AG had improperly influenced regulators to keep its Roundup weedkiller from being classified a carcinogen.

MedStar Health OKs $35 million settlement over alleged kickbacks for referrals

By Marian Johns | Mar 26, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — MedStar Health Inc. has agreed to pay $35 million to settle claims by the federal government that it paid kickbacks disguised as professional service agreements in exchange for referrals from a cardiology practice.

EEOC: Blue Cross/Blue Shield Texas settles charges of disability discrimination

By Marian Johns | Mar 26, 2019

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) — BlueCross/Blue Shield of Texas (BCBS) has reached a $75,000 settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over allegations the insurance provider refused to hire an applicant because she was deaf.

Democrat AGs push Ninth Circuit to allow climate change lawsuits

By Marian Johns | Mar 26, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — A coalition of 11 attorneys general has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of two California cities that are suing the oil industry over climate change.

Legal but illegal: How Illinois shut down a company that played by the rules

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 26, 2019

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - As of Oct. 29, 2018, a medical sterilization firm called Sterigenics was in full compliance with state and federal regulations over its use of ethylene oxide, a carcinogen. Then on Oct. 30, it wasn’t.

SEC alleges Volkswagen, former CEO defrauded bond investors through emissions fraud scheme

By Marian Johns | Mar 20, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed a complaint in the U.S. District for the Northern District of California, charging that Volkswagen AG, two of its subsidiaries and a former CEO defrauded bond investors through a "clean diesel" emissions fraud scheme.

Environmental groups sue Bureau of Land Management over Alaska reserve lease

By Marian Johns | Mar 20, 2019

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) — Four nonprofit environmental organizations are suing the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over the federal government's lease of nearly 2.9 million acres of land in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.

U.S. alleges negligence in ExxonMobil refinery fire that injured 10, killed 2

By Marian Johns | Mar 19, 2019

BEAUMONT, Texas (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. government has filed a lawsuit against ExxonMobil Oil Corporation, alleging violations of federal laws that contributed to a 2013 fire that injured 10 workers and caused the death of two contract employees.

Lumber Liquidators to pay $33 million for allegedly lying to investors about laminate flooring

By Marian Johns | Mar 19, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Lumber Liquidators has agreed to a $33 million settlement for allegedly making false statements to investors relating to the sale of laminate flooring from China.

Dissent in Sandy Hook decision says Conn. SC misread federal law, victims shouldn't be allowed to sue Remington

By Dan Fisher | Mar 15, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - The Connecticut Supreme Court has said family members of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre can sue the manufacturer of the Bushmaster rifle used in the assault under a theory the company’s advertising violated the state consumer protection statute.

DOJ urges appeals court to throw out NYC's global warming lawsuit

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 15, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – In a brief filed March 7 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said it supports the dismissal of New York City's climate change lawsuit against the oil industry.

Johnson & Johnson, not asked to testify on talc, alleges Congressional hearing was biased against it

By John Breslin | Mar 14, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Johnson & Johnson, a company facing enormous liability concerns stemming from thousands of lawsuits that claim there is cancer-causing asbestos in its products, believes a Democrat-led House hearing on the alleged dangers of talc and consumer products was biased against it.

Johnson & Johnson, not asked to testify on talc, alleges Congressional hearing was biased against it

By John Breslin | Mar 14, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Johnson & Johnson, a company facing enormous liability concerns stemming from thousands of lawsuits that claim there is cancer-causing asbestos in its products, believes a Democrat-led House hearing on the alleged dangers of talc and consumer products was biased against it.

CFPB seeks to enforce investigative demand issued to New York law firm

By Marian Johns | Mar 13, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has petitioned the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to enforce a civil investigative demand (CID) issued to a New York law firm.

Can a body of water have rights like a human? Lake Erie Bill of Rights faces challenge

By Brian Brueggemann | Mar 12, 2019

TOLEDO, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – A new law that gives Lake Erie legal rights that are normally reserved for humans is expected to have a difficult time surviving appeals, but that’s little comfort to Ohio’s farmers right now.

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